ASAM plans cooperation with CATARC to open up Chinese market

The standardisation organisation ASAM e.V. and the Chinese state-owned company CATARC have signed a declaration of intent for strategic cooperation with the aim of promoting and disseminating ASAM standardisation on the Chinese market.

Höhenkirchen, – July 10, 2019 – ASAM (Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems) and CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center) intend to cooperate on the Chinese market in the future. On May 17, 2019 in Tianjing, China, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding providing for strategic cooperation to promote and disseminate ASAM standardization in the Chinese automotive industry.

It has been agreed that ASAM will expand its activities to the Chinese market. To this end, ASAM intends to promote standardization in the local automotive industry by setting up a standardization process locally and introducing standards for the more efficient design of vehicle development processes and workflows.

CATARC will work with ASAM in the area of Jihu Zheng, CEO ofCATARC Automotive Data Center (left)and Armin Rupalla, Member of the Board of ASAM e.V. (right) after signing the letter of intent. (Source: CATARC)
standardization and implementation of these goals. In addition, you will assist in the acquisition and integration of Chinese members. As a state-owned company, CATARC also offers the opportunity to support ASAM in administrative matters.

For cooperation, ASAM and CATARC have decided to establish a working group called “C-ASAM”. This working group will represent ASAM in the Chinese market and will ensure the implementation of the vision and development plan as defined in the Declaration. C-ASAM will conduct ASAM-relevant research activities, provide demonstrations and training for local companies and market ASAM standards.

Armin Rupalla, member of the board of ASAM e.V., explains: “This cooperation takes ASAM a big step forward in its internationalization. It enables us to further disseminate the standards and to expand the competences in ASAM through new members. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation”.

Mr. Shuai Zaho, representative of CATARC Automotive Data Center, explains: “CATARC’s goal is to promote innovation and efficiency in China. We are convinced that ASAM and especially the ASAM standards will help the Chinese automotive industry to increase process efficiency. In addition, our companies will be able to operate globally and collaborate with partner companies worldwide. We are pleased to offer our services to ASAM and future ASAM members in this regard”.

The final contract to establish C-ASAM is expected to be signed before the end of this year.

Source: Asam

ASAM and CATARC Launch Joint Initiative for ASAM Standardization in China

The standardization organization ASAM e.V. and the Chinese state-owned company CATARC Automotive Data Center jointly launch an initiative to promote the use of ASAM standards in the Chinese automotive industry and to support the development of new ASAM standards as well as the further development of existing ASAM standards according to Chinese requirements. To achieve these goals, a joint organization “C-ASAM” was founded.

Hoehenkirchen, – October 10, 2019 – In a ceremony held on September 27, 2019, ASAM e.V. (Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems) and CATARC Automotive Data Center founded a joint organization to establish ASAM in China. The newly formed working group “C-ASAM” has the task to promote interest in ASAM and its standards within the local automotive industry, to accompany local companies in the use of ASAM standards, to hold training on ASAM standards and to drive the acquisition and integration of Chinese ASAM members. An important goal of C-ASAM is to establish and implement local standardization activities and thus further expand the international acceptance of ASAM standards.

With the foundation of C-ASAM, ASAM is expanding its global footprint to one of the most important automotive markets. After Europe, Japan and the US, ASAM expects a strong membership growth in China within the next few years and a prosperous standardization community.

First activities of C-ASAM in regards to the ASAM OpenX standards in the domain “Simulation” are already in planning. Due to the great amount of new membership requests from China, driven by the cooperation with CATARC, ASAM anticipates a number of standardization impulses from China in the next years.

Dr. Klaus Estenfeld, Managing Director of ASAM e.V., welcomes the joint project: “In recent years, ASAM and CATARC have established a very good and stable relationship. This is based in particular on our common interest in new technologies, such as ADAS and AV, and their successful implementation via the usage of standards. We are convinced that the automotive industry worldwide must work together on these issues and are therefore pleased to have found CATARC as a perfect partner for the dissemination of ASAM standards in China”.

Jihu Zheng, General Manager of CATARC Automotive Data Center, also sees the cooperation as positive: “The goal of CATARC ADC is to promote cooperation between the Chinese and the international automotive industry.  Standardization is the key to do this. Since ASAM offers some of the leading standards for validating autonomous driving functions, we consider the cooperation with ASAM to be very important in order to bring in the interests of the Chinese automotive industry. We will support local companies in using the ASAM standards effectively and in incorporating their local requirements”.

About ASAM e.V.

ASAM e.V. (Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems) is actively promoting standardization within the Automotive Industry. Together with its more than 270 member organizations worldwide, the association develops standards that define protocols, interfaces and data models for tools used for the development and testing of electronic control units (ECUs) and for the validation of the total vehicle. Currently, ASAM represents 30 standards that are applied in the automotive industry worldwide with the purpose to enable easy integration of tools into existing value chains and to enable a seamless data exchange.  (

About CATARC Automotive Data Center

China Automotive Technology and Research Center Co., Ltd. (CATARC) is a central government-level enterprise belonging to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council and a comprehensive science and technology corporate group with extensive influence in the automotive industry home and abroad. As one of the most important organizations of CATARC, the Automotive Data Center (ADC) actively promotes the integration of information technologies and industry, provides integrated solutions for the automotive industry to grow sustainably, and establishes a multi-dimensional business framework on the basis of big data, large platforms and huge computation. With one-stop solutions to help the industry and companies to grow, ADC aims to be a national data center for the automotive industry. (